Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Victoria Mason

So, today I showed a friend at work Victoria's cufflinks, after an extended conversation about french cuffs. Whilst doing so, I realised she's finally begun her blog! It's fun and links to a whole bunch of other Australian designers of cute things.
It seems things are really kicking along for our favorite jeweler, which is just dandy.

Sweet things made me think of sweet foods ... heee. And something I haven't had for ages but is EXCELLENT in winter is Buckwheat Pancakes! These are worth saving to eat on holidays - as they're so bad for you you have to have some scheduled activity to follow them up.

Here's our recipe:

Buckwheat pancakes

3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1 large egg
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon butter (melted)

Sift flours into bowl, stir through baking powder and sugar. Gently mix in egg, water and melted butter. Don't mix too hard, it wil toughen the mix. Some small lumps are ok. Let the mix sit for a couple of hours for yummiest pancakes.

Dont re-stir the mix after the sitting/resting but pour straight into a buttery frypan (ie - one you have melted some butter into) Flip when bubbles appear on the top side of the pancake (wait for half a dozen to appear, not just one or two) and brown other side.

Serve immediately, eat with loads of butter and a quality canadian maple syrup (don't be tight and buy 'maple flavoured syrup') and enjoy! (I know you will) They're also good with citrus, berries (blue ones) and almonds.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Microwave marmalade

So, ages ago I made marmalade in the microwave - it was comparatively easy (as compared to the real way of making jam) and quick and it tastes great. I got the recipe from Elise's blog here.

The pics I have of the steps are below.

We have 4 kumquat trees in our back 'walkway' thingo - so while Franklin pruned the one nearest us - I picked the fruits! (and washed them and put them in this colander)

Then I chopped them up and took out the big pips and put them with other stuff into the pyrex jug and into the microwave
Then 15 minutes in the microwave and multiple 'take it out, stir and scoop out pips' steps

Then the marmalade went into jars, lids on tight and on the bench to cool and then into the fridge overnight to set. Yummy for brekkie the next morning.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Isn't it just the way though - that you think life will slow down for you to process something at your own pace? I make this mistake often. And have again most recently.

Tonight I'm feeling sick and sorry and sleepy, I'm not sure if it's Franklin's fault or BaSiL's, as I saw SD last night and she'd become sick via BaSiL ... *shakes head*

So this weekend is the birthday anniversary celebrations of tobes and aqua and 'Girl Rock' so I hope I'm feeling a bit less clooged up by then. Also I have a bunch of 'things' I have to get 'done' this weekend, one of which is have a conversation I don't feel ready to have - but again, life isn't waiting for me.. and I'm coming to terms with that one for this particular instance.

My happy place at the moment is Franklin and how awesome he is, G and how good (in the way that is better than awesome) He is in a consistant way unmatched by human endeavour, and Ninja. Ninja is J and G's little bobble-headed bundle-of-joy. And just between you and me, I was not surprised that the first ulrasound showed the baby had a big head (comparitively to its body) because ninja is already a highly valued little thing, and I've been given permission to partake in that kind of 'spoiling' that makes my fingers tingle :)